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U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-Detroit), the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, lined up against National Football League owners yesterday, introducing a bill that seeks to overturn the league’s lucrative TV antitrust exemption.

Detroit’s offseason training program was supposed to begin Monday. Instead, Lions defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch helped to organize what may have been the first group work stoppage workout of the offseason.

The all-but-assured National Football League work stoppage — that means no Sunday football next fall — has been described as millionaires vs. billionaires, a contest to see which rich guys blink first.

“I personally have a lot of respect for the guys in our locker room and what they’ve done to build our program,” Lewand was quoted as saying in Detroit. “That level of respect isn’t going to change one bit.”

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